The life of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, a Ukrainian citizen, now depends only on ethical decisions, declared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He called for the former head of the Georgian state to be given appropriate medical assistance. “If a man needs medical help, if his life depends on it, it means that this step is necessary,” he added. Saakashvili was presented with the Promethean Award for 2022.
He pointed out that the former Georgian president’s lawyers have urgently appealed to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to guarantee Saakashvili proper medical treatment.
Saakashvili, president of Georgia from 2004 to 2013 and chairman of the Odessa Regional State Administration from 2015 to 2016, is serving a six-year prison sentence handed down in 2016 for abuse of power, which he and his supporters consider a politically motivated punishment. He was sent to prison in October 2021, after which he led several hunger strikes. At the end of 2021, he was taken to the hospital.
According to many Georgian and Western human rights defenders, the former head of state’s health condition is serious enough to be life-threatening.
Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was presented with the Promethean Award for 2022, which did not please the pro-Russian government in Georgia, which – through the mouth of its politician Eka Sepashvili – alleged that the former president’s family had paid for the prize.
MEP Anna Fotyga responded to the allegations of a ‘bought prize.’